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Friday
Apr182014

Teen Found in Arkansas After Running Away from Home

(ALBUQUERQUE, N.M.) -- An Albuquerque teen, who ran away from home last month, was found safe in Arkansas.

According to ABC's Albuquerque affiliate KOAT, Lacey Dewent, 14, went missing on March 31, shortly after meeting a 26-year-old man online. An Amber Alert was issued on April 1, and at that point police believed that she had ran away with the man.

Robert Butler, 26, was apprehended on Thursday in Fort Smith, Arkansas and the teen was rescued.

The two had died their hair and were living out of a car in the woods, KOAT says.

Butler will be extradited to Mexico to faces charges, including child solicitation by an electronic device.

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Friday
Apr182014

Albuquerque Receives Positive Bond Ratings

(ALBUQUERQUE, N.M.) -- The city of Albuquerque was notified this week by the Moody's Investors Service, Standard & Poor's Rating Services and Fitch Ratings Inc. that it had received high bond ratings.

Standard & Poor's gave the city the highest bond rating available to municipalities, a "AAA" rating. Moody's (Aa1) and Fitch (AA+) also rated the city highly.

"Our high bond ratings...are the results of sound financial management practices and affirm that we continue to run an efficient government in which we are good stewards of taxpayer resources," Mayor Richard Berry said.

In addition to the positive ratings, Moody's Investors Service upgraded the city's outlook from "negative" to "stable." Their Aa1 rating is only surpassed by about 2.5 percent of the over 8,000 cities they rate.

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Friday
Apr182014

Former Las Cruces Cop Pleads Guilty to Sexually Assaulting Intern

(LAS CRUCES, N.M.) -- A former Las Cruces Police Department (LCPD) detective has pleaded guilty to sexually assaulting a department intern in 2011.

The U.S. Department of Justice said Michael Garcia pleaded guilty on Thursday to violating the civil rights of an LCPD student intern when he sexually abused her while on duty.

Officials said the incident happened in May 2011 after Garcia took the high school student to visit a crime scene as part of a ride-along. Garcia reportedly worked as a detective who focused on child abuse and sex crimes investigations.

"Afterward, instead of driving the victim directly back to the police department so that she could retrieve her belongings and go home, Garcia drove her to a secluded location where he sexually assaulted her," the Department of Justice said in a statement.

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Thursday
Apr172014

Five Injured in Wednesday Night Crash

(ALBUQUERQUE, N.M.) -- Five people were injured in a crash on Wednesday night.

According to ABC's Albuquerque affiliate KOAT, the accident happened at about 9 p.m. and left three people trapped until first responders were able to free them.

It was not clear what caused the accident.

Two children and three adults were taken to the hospital, all in stable condition.

Westbound Lomas Boulevard was closed temporarily Wednesday night while officers cleared the scene.

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Thursday
Apr172014

Gov. Martinez Proposes Sites for Four Veterans Cemeteries

(ALBUQUERQUE, N.M.) -- Gov. Susana Martinez announced on Tuesday proposed sites for four new veterans cemeteries in New Mexico.

The governor called for new cemeteries, with each one taking up between three and four acres of land, to be established in Angel Fire, N.M., Carlsbad, N.M., Fort Stanton, N.M., and Gallup, N.M. According to Martinez' office, the proposals aim to allow veterans to be laid to rest closer to home.

"New Mexicans have always stood ready to answer the call to serve our state and nation in the U.S. Armed Forces, and our veterans and their families deserve a special resting place befitting their services and sacrifices," Martinez said.

As part of the 2014 capital outlay bill, Martinez arranged for $600,000 in funding to plan, design and construct regional veterans cemeteries.

Currently, New Mexico's veteran population is served by the Fort Bayard National Cemetery in Silver City, N.M., the Santa Fe National Cemetery and the Fort Bliss National Cemetery in El Paso, Texas.

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Thursday
Apr172014

One Person Injured as Two Trucks Collide on I-40

(BERNALILLO COUNTY, N.M.) -- A fiery crash in Bernalillo County on Wednesday has left one person injured.

The crash happened on Wednesday evening on the westbound side of Interstate 40, west of the Tijeras exit. The Bernalillo County Sheriff's Department said a cement truck and semi truck collided, and at least one of the vehicles caught fire.

One driver was taken to an area hospital with minor injuries.

The crash remains under investigation.

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Wednesday
Apr162014

Child Escapes Potential Kidnapper

(ALBUQUERQUE, N.M.) -- Police say a child was able to slip away from a potential kidnapper on Tuesday night in Los Lunas, N.M.

According to ABC's Albuquerque affiliate, KOAT, a man driving a red vehicle stopped his car and tried to grab the child. It was not clear why the child was alone.

The child was able to run from the man and went to a friend's home nearby. The child was unharmed, KOAT reports.

Authorities conducted a search of the area but were unable to find a man or vehicle that matched the description of the suspect or his car. Anyone with information is asked to call (505) 865-9130.

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Wednesday
Apr162014

State Police Investigating Fatal Colfax County Crash 

(ALBUQUERQUE, N.M.) -- New Mexico State Police are investigating a fatal crash in Colfax County that left an Albuquerque woman dead and two passengers injured.

According to the police, the driver, Judy Varela, 58, swerved to avoid an animal in the road at about 10:54 p.m. on Monday, when she lost control of her 2002 Buick. The vehicle left the roadway and rolled over, ejecting Varela and a passenger in the front seat.

Varela was pronounced dead at the scene. Along with the front seat passenger, a second passenger was injured.

State police do not believe that alcohol was a factor in the crash.

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Wednesday
Apr162014

Man Wanted for Christmas Day Stabbing Arrested

(ALBUQUERQUE, N.M.) -- A man wanted in connection with a stabbing on the Navajo Indian Reservation on Christmas Day last year has been arrested by authorities.

According to the FBI's Albuquerque office, Calvin Bennie Fuson was arrested in Shiprock on Monday, and is expected to appear in court in Farmington on Thursday. He's charged with assault with a dangerous weapon with the intent to do bodily harm.

Fuson is accused of stabbing a relative in the chest with a kitchen knife on Dec. 25, 2013.

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Tuesday
Apr152014

Pedestrian Fatally Hit by Train

(ALBUQUERQUE, N.M.) -- A pedestrian was fatally hit by a train Monday afternoon.

The Bernalillo County Sheriff's Department said the accident took place near 2nd Street and Prosperity Avenue.

According to the Albuquerque Journal, the pedestrian died.

The accident is under investigation by the New Mexico State Police.

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